Title basically says it all. Are DLC fighters such as Piranha plant (and to be released ones like Joker) included/going to be included in World of Light? Are they on the map? Do you just have them unlocked automatically? What is the situation exactly?
1Other than Piranha Plant, we won't be able to tell how the other are unlocked in World of Light until they are released or if a Nintendo staff member tells us how beforehand. Who knows they might not appear at all in WLC!– BGamerFeb 8, 2019 at 1:20
@MBorg that's a good point, I hadn't even considered that upcoming DLC fighters would be treated differently. although I still suspect they will be treated the same way (cause why not?)– Levi C. OlsonFeb 8, 2019 at 16:59
I had a thought when writing that comment is that third party DLC characters may be treated differently and not be included. But more likely I agree that they’ll be in. The trigger may be harder though e.g. 20 characters, then 30, then 40 etc– BGamerFeb 9, 2019 at 1:44
TL;DR: Piranha Plant is playable after 10 other characters have been unlocked in World of Light.
When I opened World of Light (WoL) for the first time after getting Piranha Plant, I was greeted with this message:
And I was able to find Plant in my character selection screen:
However, when I booted up a new WoL game, all I had was Kirby--Plant wasn't in my roster. I played the first few battles until I earned Mario (the first new character you unlock) to see if that would trigger, but unfortunately:
My guess is that there's a trigger somewhere--after beating a certain amount of WoL you automagically unlock all the DLC characters you have--but I didn't play far enough on the new save state to find it.
Thanks to @MBorg for pointing out that the trigger is unlocking 10 characters. As shown, in my previous game I’d already done this which is why Plant was unlocked automatically.
Once again, @MBorg has pulled through here. It appears that the trigger for Joker is also unlocking 10 characters, so it's probably safe to assume this will be the trigger for all future DLC as well.
8If you start a new WoL game, the trigger is that you must unlock 10 characters before you receive Piranha Plant: ssbwiki.com/Piranha_Plant_(SSBU)#Role_in_World_of_Light– BGamerFeb 8, 2019 at 1:19
1Joker has the same unlock requirements as Piranha Plant: au.ign.com/wikis/super-smash-bros-ultimate/Joker– BGamerApr 23, 2019 at 11:29